Edi­tor’s wel­come

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Contents -

BROWN trout are beau­ti­ful fish, per­haps the most aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing salmonid there is. Tiger trout are im­pres­sive but, for me, the brownie has the colour, mak­ings and va­ri­ety that make it the stand-out fish. Ac­cord­ing to our re­search on p84-86 you’re in full agree­ment! So, I’m jus­ti­fied there­fore in ded­i­cat­ing quite a few pages to this won­der­ful crea­ture in this is­sue, just be­fore the sea­son be­gins. De­spite it be­ing open sea­son for browns on en­closed com­mer­cial still­wa­ters, an­glers still have rev­er­ence for them – and it’s the high­light of the day when one is caught – with most an­glers still happy to re­lease them to fight an­other day. Nev­er­the­less, it’s still ex­cit­ing that fish farm­ers are spic­ing things up with an oc­ca­sional new species and, as I write, two of our con­trib­u­tors are pre­par­ing to visit Torre Trout Farm for the press launch of the new spar­tic trout – a cross be­tween a brook trout and an Arc­tic char. They’re fine look­ing fish and there will be a re­port in is­sue 508. Chal­leng­ing weather can be a fac­tor dur­ing early sea­son and Peter Cock­will had to don ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing at Dunc­ton Mill fish­ery (p12) – he still had a great ses­sion and proved that there’s no such thing as bad weather - just the wrong cloth­ing! Speak­ing of which, we hope you en­joy the free Gear Guide with this is­sue, help­ing you to make that ‘new sea­son pur­chase’ to kick-start your angling year. There’s ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing in there - rods, reels, bags, cloth­ing, nets, fly boxes, lines and lead­ers – enough to get you fully kit­ted out. Those large dark olives should be about to hatch on our rivers so fol­low our guide to this im­por­tant first hatch on p38. Those large, wary browns, con­fi­dent af­ter be­ing free of an­glers all win­ter, will be wait­ing and ea­ger to feed! Lastly, it’s en­cour­ag­ing that Wim­ble­ball Reser­voir has been taken over by Mark Un­der­hill (brother of Abi­gail who runs Tav­i­s­tock very suc­cess­fully) and he’s stock­ing plenty of fish as well as plan­ning to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties, see p50-51 for a full re­port for the sea­son ahead. We re­ally do urge you to make at least one ex­tra visit to your lo­cal reser­voir or small wa­ter this sea­son – your sup­port will give that wa­ter a chance to re-open to fly-fish­ing next year. The fu­ture of our trout fish­eries is very much in our own hands. En­joy the is­sue!

“Those large, wary browns will be wait­ing and ea­ger to feed!”

Brown trout are vis­ually im­pres­sive. (above).

Rus­sell Hill, edi­tor

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